The HEFCE POLAR classification was recently updated and HEAT will be integrating it into outputs and tools going forward. This fourth iteration of POLAR (POLAR4) is based on the combined participation rates of those who entered HE between the academic years 2009-10 and 2013-14 (if they entered aged 18) or between 2010-11 and 2014-15 (if they entered at 19).
In recognition of the fact that members may have used POLAR3 in their Access Agreements or in other target setting, HEAT will operate a lengthy ‘transition’ period from POLAR3 to POLAR4. Members will continue to see POLAR3 analysis in reports and in the Postcode Profiler, but with the addition of POLAR4 analysis. We do not envisage dropping POLAR3 in the near future but we will consult the membership before doing so.